Pack Softball Splits Doubleheader at No. 21 Notre Dame
April 23, 2014
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The NC State softball team split a doubleheader at No. 21 Notre Dame Tuesday afternoon with a 6-2 win in the second game of the doubleheader after dropping a hard-fought 3-2 decision in the first game at Melissa Cook Softball Stadium.
“I’m real pleased with how we played in both games today,” said head coach Shawn Rychcik. “I’m also very pleased with our bats, we had seven hits in the first game and eight in the second game. We came right back in that second game after getting beat in the first game and put up six runs, so I’m really hapy with that.”
State added another run in top of the third following a throwing error by the Notre Dame shortstop which allowed Davis to score from second base. The Pack stretched its advantage to 4-1 in the top of the fifth with two runs in the frame.
Senior Scout Albertson walked to open the inning and advanced over to third base on a double by sophomore Lana Van Dyken. The Irish intentionally walked Davis to load the bases for Kirsty Grant and the senior delivered an RBI single through the left side to plate Albertson from third. Sophomore Hanna Sommer drove in the other run of the inning on a fielder’s choice to the left side scoring Davis on the play.
The Wolfpack broke the game open in the top of the seventh with two more runs to extend its lead to 6-1. Van Dyken led off the frame with a single up the middle and Davis followed with a single through the left side. A throwing error on a sacrifice bunt from Grant allowed Van Dyken to score from third base and Davis scored on an RBI single from freshman Molly Hutchison.
Notre Dame scored a run in the bottom of the seventh on a home run from Micaela Arizmendi, but State quickly stymied any thoughts of a comeback.
Junior Emily Weiman earned her 25th win of the season in the contest after throwing her 27th complete game. The Pasadena, Md. native finished with nine strikeouts and only allowed one earned run. From the second to the fifth inning, she only allowed one base runner who did not get past first base.
“I thought Emily was outstanding today,” Rychcik added. “She only gave up a few runs in both games, so I thought it was a really good effort on her part.”
Game One – ND 3, ST 2
Hutchison ripped a single up the middle to start the inning, before Sommer reached on an error by the Notre Dame third baseman. Nadia Kemp came in to pinch-run for Hutchison and moved over to third base on Sommer’s at-bat prior to scoring on Albertson’s hit through the left side.
Notre Dame retook the lead in the bottom of the fifth after an RBI single from Karley Wester scored Cassidy Widden from third base. In the top of the sixth, State knotted the score at two after freshman Tyler Ross stole third base and collided with the ND third baseman covering the bag after the throw skipped away. Ross was awarded home plate due to the collision impending her attempt to score on the play.
The game seemed to be heading for extra innings, but the Irish got a one-out single up the middle from its leadoff hitter Wester who stole second base a few pitches later. Jenna Simon dropped a bloop single to center field allowing Wester to score from second base and end the game, 3-2.
Weiman started the game in the circle for the Pack and turned in another great outing after striking out five ND batters and did not allow a walk. Of the eight hits she slowed, only two of them left the infield.
“It was good to get the split,” said Rychcik. “We lost a tough first game, but we responded well in the second game against a very good team.”
NC State will return to action on Saturday, April 26 when it makes the short trip over to North Carolina. Saturday’s doubleheader is set for 1 p.m., while Sunday’s series finale is also slated for 1 p.m.